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Stateside: Flying car sustainability; how promise zones work; new state marijuana agency

this is a picture of an artistic rendering of an electric vertical landing and takeoff (VTOL) taxi
Dave Brenner
An artist rendering of an electric vertical landing and takeoff (VTOL) taxi, a car that is currently being prototyped by multiple companies, including Airbus, Boeing, and NASA.


Today on Stateside, we talk to Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin about bills she's introducing on campus sexual assault and foreign interference in U.S. elections. Plus, we'll hear about the development of flying cars and the environmental impact of a George Jetson-like commute. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

Rep. Slotkin introduces bills inspired by Nassar scandal, Russian interference in 2016 election

Stateside's conversation with Elissa Slotkin

  • One of the big unanswered questions from the Larry Nassar debacle at Michigan State University is: who knw what, and when? Top school officials say they didn’t know about the Title IX investigations that were opened after athletes accused Nassar of sexual assault.
  • Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D - Holly) joins Stateside to talk about a bill she is co-sponsoring that would, Slotkin says, "remove that as a possibility and an excuse." We also hear about her work on a bill that would make it illegal for foreign governments to purchase campaign ads on social media, radio, and television.  

What graduating students get in Michigan’s “promise zones” depends on where they live  

Stateside's conversation with Michelle Miller-Adams

  • The 2019 high school graduation is a special one for students in Kalamazoo. These graduating seniors were in kindergarten for the start of the Kalamazoo Promise, the program that gives them a tuition-free path to a post-secondary eduacation. Since the launch of that program, more than 20 other communities in the state have launched similar programs. 
  • Grand Valley State University political science professor Michelle Miller-Adams joins Stateside to talk about how those promise programs work, and how they're faring in Michigan. 

Flying cars are no longer the stuff of science fiction. But are they sustainable? 

Stateside's conversation with Gregory Keoleian

  • When George Jetson was zipping off to work in a flying car in the 1960s, getting to work in the air seemed like science fiction. But that imagined future is coming to life with companies investing in the development of flying car. 
  • Gregory Keoleian is with the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability, where he is director of the Center for Sustainable Systems. He joins Stateside to talk about how far we are from flying to work, and his research into the environmental impact and sustainability of airborne personal vehicles.   

What you should know about the new state agency in charge of marijuana regulation 

Stateside's conversation with Steve Carmody

  • Today, a new state agency in charge of marijuana regulation takes over for the medical marijuana licensing board. Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody has been following the story and joins Stateside to discuss the controversy around the former licensing board, and what changes we might see now that the new Marijuana Regulatory Agency is in charge. 

Freep restaurant critic says a changing Eastern Market is pushing out businesses that make Detroit unique 

Stateside's conversation with Mark Kurlyandchik

  • After 30 years at Eastern Market, the Russell Street Deli is shutting down. Its owner says the closure came after a dispute with the market's new landlord Sanford Nelson. Fans of Eastern Market were upset to see another longtime business leave.
  • Detroit Free Press restaurant critic Mark Kurlyandchik weighed in on the controversy with his recent article "What Detroit really loses when a place like Russell Street Deli closes." Kurlyandchik joins Stateside to talk about why the backlash is about more than one deli closing. 
  • Sanford Nelson sent us this statement on the closure of Russell Street Deli: "Despite offers from FIRM Real Estate, Eastern Market Corporation and the general public, the owner of Russell Street Deli made it clear he intends to close. We’re still willing to come to the table to try to resolve this amicably."

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